February 4, 2016 FoxFuel

Nice to Meet You: John Paul

Role at FoxFuel:
Developer

 


 

John’s Favorites

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Instrumental Song
“Lambada de Serpente” by the Aaron Goldberg Trio. A lovely trio piece. I love the tenderness in which everyone plays. The bass solo in the middle is especially delicate.

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Happy Place in Nashville
Williams Fine Violins. I started playing cello in September and, since then, I try and drop in to this shop once a month to look around. The instrument selection is wonderful and the owner, Dustin, is always willing to talk shop or show you a new instrument.

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Language You Don’t Speak
Japanese

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Shirt to Wear to Work
I wore it to FoxFuel picture day! I got this shirt when I moved to Nashville. This was my attempt “blend in” in the Nashville aethstetic after moving here from New Orleans.

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Heroine
Sarah Harding from Jurassic World (Novel canon, not that movie horsesh*t). Seeing Jurassic World inspired me to do my Jurassic homework. I ended up reading all the books and watching all the movies. In the books, Sarah Harding is the protagonist in The Lost World. She’s fearless; saving several of the male characters. I found her instinctual push to do the right, difficult thing to be inspiring. In the real world, I really enjoyed Lean In by Sharyl Sandberg. She’s got a background in leadership and technology, which is a great context in which to discuss modern gender equality.

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Recent App, Site, or Cool Techy Thing
This is a really cool project. I saw it for the first time at SXSW last year at a music tech meetup. I like this technology because it brings music composition and performance square in line with corporeality. I’m hoping this idea brings a lot of new, exciting applications to music performance…sort of like the Wii did for console gaming.


 

All About John Paul

What’s the most frustrating comment, question, or feedback you get related to your work?
I find it frustrating when we build a really fancy CMS for a client, train them as to how to use it, then the client totally forgets they have a CMS in the first place.

How long can you hula hoop?
30 to 40 seconds

If you could create your own bubble of your perfect work environment, what would it look like?
Quiet is a top priority for me. I tend to lose focus if I can zero in on the conversations around me. I like Scandinavian design. The cleaner and glassier the better. For the collaborative parts of the project, some big war room tables are a must. An instrument near by is also a nice plus :)

What are you currently most excited about in the Nashville creative/tech space?
The growth in small startups tackling specialized problems. We have more programmers in Nashville than we’ve had in a very long time, which means that a lot of ideas can be built, improved and validated quickly. In addition, these communities tend to look out for their members, much like the way songwriters in Music Row have a “class” in which they rise up together.

What does the last text you received say?
“I think the best thing about Tom Ashbrook is his ability to ask any question by using one single adjective.” From my friend Jordan. He and I have a long-running fetish with NPR’s Tom Ashbrook. We see him as this poetry-loving, sensitive man who loves connecting with people. Like a cultural Teddy Roosevelt.

How do you get yourself out of a productivity rut (when lacking productivity, that is)?
At first I read this as, “What do you do when you find that you are just being TOO productive?” haha! Physical exercise. Short runs or swims help me refocus. They also help me with coding confidence. I know it sounds strange, but part of writing good code is knowing you can write good code.

Would you rather always have the same song stuck in your head or have the same dream every night?
o0o0o0o goooood question. I would pick the same dream for two reasons: The first is that, when songs get stuck in my head, it is already very crippling, and having it more often sounds pretty grueling. Now the same dream every night–that sounds like the kind of thing that could drive a person crazy. And I like that.